Hertfordshire County Council blasted over potholes

LISTEN to the county council’s PR machine and you might be under the impression they are working around the clock to fix potholes caused by the worst winter for 30 years.

But not so according to Lib Dem councillor Malcolm Cowan who has told the WHT that despite assurances potholes have been fixed, they certainly have not.

Cllr Cowan said: “Someone is taking the mickey, but I don’t find it funny.

“It’s over two months since the end of the ice and snow period that caused so much damage to our roads and footpaths.

“Not only are most of the potholes not fixed, they have not even been marked as dangerous.”

Examples of roads which the highways department claim to have fixed are in Russellcroft Road and Marsden Road.

Cllr Cowan added: “I presume someone has been paid for this non-existent fix, and someone else will have to come back to actually do the work.

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“Ironically I asked last autumn, before the hard winter, for the whole of Marsden Road in WGC, which is where this pothole is, to be resurfaced. It was obvious to me the road was badly cracked and likely to fail.

“There are many potholes in this road and the work is even more urgent. I shall be pressing again for it to be taken seriously.”

After a call from the WHT the county council insisted the work would be carried out at the weekend. It was not. It is now scheduled for this weekend.

A spokeswoman said: “We have responded to repair requests on Marsden Road and Russellcroft Road and have carried out a combination of temporary and permanent repairs.

“In light of reports that some of the repairs haven’t been completed, we are going out to inspect the roads today.

“As Russellcroft Road is on a bus route, we have predominantly carried out temporary repairs on this road, which can be dislodged by heavier vehicles.

“More permanent repairs have to be carried out under traffic management, and we hope to make these repairs this weekend.”

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